Christmas Break 2020

The Milmore team would like to take this opportunity to thank every single customer we have had this year.

Now we are taking a well earned break over the solstice/New Year period. Our last dispatch day is 22 Dec and we are happy to take orders again from Tuesday Monday 5th Jan. In the meantime though can we wish a blessed Christmas and a safe transition into 2021!

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31December2015

Red Lentils

small amounts are available.
December 31, 2015

07March2016

Hornfilling at Milmore Downs, North Canterbury on Saturday, 2nd April 16.

This year we put down the horns, the bladder which we filled in spring and had the summer sun, and  nettle as well. We'd like to make a cow pat pit, too.
Coming together at 12.30 starting with a shared lunch (please bring a plate). Everybody interested is very welcome.
Contact: Milmore Downs, 0278188333 or 033143 712  or the group coordinator Marinus La Rooij, marinus2@clear.net.nz or 03 3317677
March 07, 2016

28April2012

Some Dinkel products to sell!

Some Dinkel products to sell!

We already mentioned that the season was very difficult especially around harvest time with the high humidity and very short drying periods in between showers. Suddenly, very late in March, we had a small window with some sunshine and a light puff of drying norwester so we harvested what Dinkel was still on the stems at an alarming moisture. Normally grain needs to be 14% moisture or less for it to be stable in storage – ours was a critical 17+%. We had no choice, this or nothing. We moved it repeatedly from silo to truck and back to try and improve it, and at least keep it from going mouldy until it could be sown again. The germination test showed grain damage, but it survived well enough, and by the end of April the sowing was all completed – we had it back in the ground!

The grain that we didn’t need for sowing is stable. There isn’t much of it, but it is available!

We can offer Dinkel flakes and kibbled Dinkel anyway and are doing flour trials now (we will let you know if it will bake – but you can use the flour for pancakes, pizza bases, cakes, crackers and cookies anyway –the taste is even improved due to some malt production in the partial germination).

April 28, 2012

05April2012

What happened to the Dinkel?

As you probably are well aware, this summer was a very difficult one for grain growers in North Canterbury. We too were very badly affected: we couldn't harvest any significant amounts of Dinkel and even rye and barley harvests were affected to some degree. Dinkel is a difficult crop. It does not form a dense canopy to keep weeds in check and in an extremely growthy year like this one there is severe competition. Then the over ripe grain in the field that is nevertheless too moist in the ear to be harvested is susceptible to ‘neck break’ – the ear just snaps off and falls to the ground. The remaining grain gives up at some point and a percentage sprouts in the ear, badly reducing baking qualities. We have seed for next year (with a reduced germination but hopefully useful) and are preparing now for the next round. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
All the other grains are available as before, whole, flour or flakes – check out the product list.
April 05, 2012

30May2012

The season was diffcult

For this season we can't offer anymore Naked Barley and Oats. Only quite a few products of Dinkel are available (see pricelist).
May 30, 2012

07October2013

We take orders for lambs from now on - available in December.

October 07, 2013

Earthship Biotecture – Mike Reynolds at Milmore Downs

Mike Reynolds from Earthship Biotecture (www.earthship.com) will be hosted at Milmore Downs in North Canterbury for the afternoon on Sunday 17th March. Mike will be giving a talk centered on retrofitting homes Earthship style to take the systems off the grid. This will include details on thermal mass and solar gain, solar panels and energy conversion, greenhouses and botanical for grey water recycling, water catchment and contained sewage.

February 07, 2013

24September2013

Preparation Making Day

The next coming together:

Hornlifting on 5th October
As usual we meet at Lunchtime starting with a shared lunch (please bring a plate). We are happy to see you. Bring a lot of sunshine with you.

September 24, 2013

27February2013

Preparation Making Day

The next coming together:

Hornfilling on Saturday, 13th April 2013

As usual we meet at lunchtime starting with a shared lunch (please bring a plate). We are happy to see you. Bring a lot of sunshine with you.

February 27, 2013

12December2020

Christmas Break 2020

The Milmore team is taking a well earned break over the solstice/New Year period. Our last dispatch day is 21 Dec and we are happy to take orders again from Monday 6th Jan.
In the meantime though can we wish a blessed Christmas and a safe transition into 2021!
December 12, 2020